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Basic Research WoGr
EPSO Working Group ‘Basic Plant Sciences’
Ton Bisseling from Wageningen University and chair Graduate School for plant Sciences in the Netherlands, will lead this working group to advice on critical mass support for basic plant sciences at European and national levels as a key component for a competitive and vibrant Plant Sector in Europe contributing to addressing global challenges.
Next activities: Identify in the Research Action Plan of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ the underlying basic research as an intrinsic component of the proposed research and innovation activities.
T Bisseling, Wageningen University, NL
M Stitt, MPIMP Golm, DE
Working Group Members to be confirmed in due course.
Advice on critical mass support for basic plant sciences at European and national levels as a key component for a competitive and vibrant Plant Sector in Europe contributing to addressing global challenges.
European level: Horizon 2020, ERA-Nets
Raise awareness for the ERC (part of the Horizon 2020 Programme) to encourage more proposals from plant scientists in H2020
- Already started with presentations and discussion at the EPSO 2013 General Meeting, Conference and the November 2013 Newsletter page on the ERC
Inform on H2020 to enable successful proposals under the societal challenges
- How can your plant research contribute in this frame?
- Already started with the EPSO Briefing on H2020
Distil underlying research priorities from the Plant ETP Research Action Plan
- In progress
- Support the ERA-CAPS towards a self-sustained ERA-NET to ensure a critical mass resource for basic plant science by the Member States at European level
Support the ERC
- EPSO will continue to do this as a founding member of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE). ISE was and still is the main advocate for the ERC from academia.
- Develop future concepts on collaborative research for FP9
- Contribute ideas for H2020 Work Programmes and assist EPSO members in finding partners for H2020 proposals with colleagues from applied research, companies and farmer organisations
- Give examples on contributions from basic research to R&I cycle (not in isolation)
- Raise awareness for the ERC (part of the Horizon 2020 Programme) to encourage more proposals from plant scientists in H2020
- National: similar ideas to provide advice for the respective national programmes
- Lead such activities and discuss them with national and European policy makers and funders
- LERU: H2020 should focus on innovative collaborative discovery research, not on technology readiness, 29.8.2016
- ISE and EuroScience offer to engage in dialogue with the EC on the H2020 interim evaluation, at a meeting with Commissioner Moedas in Manchester, 26.7.2016, highlighting that The Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020 misses out on the potential from projects that include or focus on collaborative basic research as part of the research and innovation cycle across Europe.
- EPSO: Input towards the European Commission Horizon 2020, Societal Challenge 2 strategy 2018-20, and EPSO online submission to EC consultation SC2, both 25.7.2016
- ISE: Conclusions from the ISE event "Is there a funding gap on collaborative basic research in Europe?" which was held on 7 April 2016 in Brussels, 14.4.2016
- EPSO: Submission to EC consultation on the Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security (summary reply), 1.9.2015; completed online questionnaire
- EPSO: Submission to EC consultation ‘Towards a Long-term strategy for European research and innovation until 2020 and beyond’, submission summary and completed questionnaire, calling to urgently strengthen collaborative basic research, supporting all technologies equally, including improvement of yield and yield stability and plant compounds for human nutrition and health, 3.7.2015. Based on the EC background paper with impact on the 2nd part of the Horizon 2020 and beyond (FP9)
- EPSO: Submission to EC Public Consultation on Framework Programme 7 Calls for better support for collaborative basic research, 26.5.2015
- Science, USA: Editorial: The planet needs more plant scientists, 3.10.2014
- ERC: Statement on the new ERC President, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, 17.12.13